The NBA Playoffs are filled with moments like buzzer beaters, incredible blocks, and franchise changing plays. However, many times we overlook plays as just plays – individual moments in the context of a single game – and not for what they do to affect a series or an outcome for an organization.
A missed shot, an injury, an unfortunate call by the refs, or even a shot early in the first half could start a trend and be a harbinger of franchise success or futility. Only after some time has passed can we even start to contextualize a moment.
We’ve compiled some of the most underrated and undervalued plays in recent playoff memory, along with their value to their teams’ long-term success.